POP CULTURE :: The Prince Who Was King

By on April 26, 2016

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THE PRINCE WHO WAS KING :: Purple Rain was released in 1984, one of the most provocative movies of its time. I remember, as a pre-teen, a teacher put the film on for us to watch during a class.

I remember my parents taken aback by my teacher’s movie choice.

After watching that movie, I actually thought that was Prince’s life. Now, looking back at his actual musical life, his prolific career was so great this was a prince who could be king.

Prince knew how to write, produce, publish and license music on his own, and did just that on his own label, Paisley Park since 1985. Prince released 38 albums, 163 singles & EPs and 22 compilations during career which spanned from 1977 to 2015; Prince made music for 43 years. Out of his 57 years there was only 14 years that he didn’t create music.

He played various instruments, and performed on as many as 203 releases and wrote and arranged 1,219 songs which included such artists such as Cyndi Lauper (“When You Were Mine”), Chaha Khan (“I Feel for You”), Tina Turner (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married”), and Madonna. Prince co-wrote Madonna’s classics “Who’s That Girl”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, and “Live to Tell”. He produced 244 tracks such as “Batdance” for Batman (1989).

Prince knew how to make music, how to make money from making music, and how to move people with his music and prowess.

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Prince was voted the 28th greatest rock & roll artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine and won 33 awards, 6 of which were Grammys.

All those numbers and accolades aside, I grew up with his musical cocktail of funk, pop, and rock, and to his slick style and en pointe dance moves. He was a talented, magnetic, energetic, and sexy music genius who will be sadly missed by the generations he touched with his talent. Rest in peace, Prince.

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2 Comments

  1. max1992

    June 11, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I LOVE you Miss Raquel and I adore Prince! I will not write in past tense because he is the Prince who was King! Thanks for sharing your story Miss. xo

  2. Miss Raquel Richards

    November 18, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Hi max1992,

    Thanks for your reply. You are right we shall not write in past tense when talking about Prince, our King!

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